How long have you been in the business? How did you start?
Ed began Midnight Syndicate in 1997, after having directed and scored a horror movie called The Dead Matter (1996). The idea behind the band was to create soundtracks for imaginary movies. The first Midnight Syndicate CD was a rather eclectic mix of musical styles, and as a result, did not find a solid home among any particular genre. It did, however, contain several darker tracks that are very much in the vein of what has become our trademark sound. I signed on the following year after Ed informed me that he was looking for a writing partner for a project called Born of the Night – it just sounded like a perfect fit and something that I had to be involved with.
What’s your favorite CD in your collection?
As far as our own CDs go, definitely The 13th Hour. We both feel that it’s our best work to date, both from a musical and production standpoint. I think we were really able to capture the essence of what a journey through an actual haunted house would be like — the atmosphere truly comes alive.
What’s the scariest haunted house you ever attended?
My great-grandmother’s home was turned into a haunt after she passed away, and even though I was very young at the time, that haunt left a definite impression on me. Among other things, I distinctly remember a caged creature that was able to sneak out of its cage after you went past and follow behind you, taunting and cajoling, for what seemed like an eternity. I was scared silly. I also remember being able to tour the house both before and after construction, which was incredibly fascinating.
Do you still find time to attend haunted houses?
I try to, although Halloween is usually a really busy season for us. It’s also when I try to squeeze in as much real-life ghost hunting as I can. The annual tradeshow that we attend in Chicago has put us in touch with a lot of great haunters and we’re hoping to be able to visit some of the “legendary” haunts that we hear so much about at some point.
What inspires you to create your music?
We draw inspiration from a variety of sources: horror movies and literature, as well as dark artwork and other music. Sometimes an image will stick with us, or suggest a scene or idea that we will base the music around. We usually start with a general theme or overall story idea in mind and then work from there. One of our goals has always been to allow the listener to fill in the details as they see fit.